About the Author

I’m a former middle school teacher and current college professor on a quest to transform schools into bastions of creativity and wonder. I want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be makers, designers, artists, and engineers.

I beliee that all people are naturally creative. Too many people have believed the lie that there are certain “creative types” who are the exception to the rule. But we are all creative. Every one of us. And teachers can inspire this maker mindset when they design lessons that empower their students.

Over the last few years, I’ve been lucky enough to work with teachers all over the world sharing  practical strategies for how to make this happen. In 2013, I spoke at the White House about the future of learning — one that empowers students to be creative thinkers. We don’t know what the future holds for our students but we can prepare them for the future by empowering them in the present. Currently, I work at a university helping new teachers grow into innovators and change-makers.

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